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Transgender woman in Dallas is identified

DALLAS — Dallas Police have identified a transgender woman who was find in a lake over the weekend.

The police said in a Monday afternoon press conference that Chynal Lindsey was found at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The Dallas News reported that her body had signs of “homicidal violence.”

She is the seventh transgender person to be killed this year.

From the Dallas News:

[Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé] Hall said the department has reached out to the FBI to assist with the investigation into the 26-year-old Arlington woman’s slaying, as it follows recent attacks on other transgender women.

“We are concerned, and we are actively and aggressively investigating the case,” she said.

Hall urged anyone with information about the case — including where Lindsey was last seen and people she spent time with — to contact Detective Erica King at 214-671-3684.

Less than a mile from the lake where Lindsey’s body was found,22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was found fatally shot on May 18 on a road bordering the Tenison Park Golf Course.

Maj. Vincent Weddington said at the news conference that the department has four open homicide cases in which black transgender women were killed — the two this year, one from 2018 and one from 2015.

Brave Space Alliance, a trans- and POC-led LGBTQ community center on Chicago’s South Side, released this statement on Tuesday:

“Brave Space Alliance is outraged and distressed by the death and apparent murder of Chynal Lindsey, who became the 7th Black trans woman murdered this year, and the second in Dallas after the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. While the rest of the LGBTQ community prepares for Pride, trans women must once again grieve the violent loss of one of our own, and struggle to have our deaths recognized by the larger community. We demand resources, reparations, and that the rest of the community acknowledge the founding role of Black and Brown trans women in the movement that gave them their Pride parades and other celebrations. We send our solidarity and love to the trans community in Dallas, and hope that they find the person or people responsible for this killing.”

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